Aromatics

North American olefin producers riding the shale gas wave

With the prospect of abundant low-cost ethane, several producers have announced intentions to build new ethylene capacity.

High-pressure polyethylene: Reemergence as a specialty chemical or not?

The analysis results indicate that, while investment capital for new plants favors LLDPE, plant profitability—which is a function of product slate (revenue) and cost—is, in many cases, higher for LDPE plants.

Evaluate challenges in meeting clean-fuel specifications with heavier crude

At a Saudi Aramco refinery, a revamp was planned for processing a different crude oil blend to meet Euro 5 diesel and gasoline specifications. The refinery, which processes semi-light crude oil, is sc..

HP Brief: Brief

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Galveston Bay refineryMarathon Petroleum has closed its transaction with BP to purchase several assets, including the 451,000-bpd refinery located in Texas City, Texas. The refinery will be renamed an..

HP Industry Perspectives: EU leans forward on clean-fuel strategies

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In late January 2013, the European Commission (EC) announced ambitious measures to ensure the buildup and standardization of alternative fueling stations across Europe. Much of the earlier EC policy i..

New residue-upgrading complex achieves Euro 5 specifications

de Haan, D., Criterion Catalysts and Technologies; Street, M., Shell Global Solutions International BV; Orzeszko, G., Grupa LOTOS Gdańsk refinery

In late 2010, Grupa LOTOS SA completed construction of a major residue-upgrading project at its refinery in Gdańsk, Poland. Its 10+ Program was designed to unlock a step change in the facility’s long-term profitability. After two years of operating, this project has had a profound effect on the refinery’s economics.

HP Boxscore Construction Analysis: 2013 global construction outlook

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The downstream industry is investing billions of dollars in the development and construction of grassroots facilities, along with expansions and upgrades to existing plants.

HP Viewpoint: Interview with UOP

Gautam, R., UOP, A Honeywell Co.

Hydrocarbon Processing had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Rajeev Gautam, president and CEO of UOP, A Honeywell Co., and discuss several high-level factors impacting the global hydrocarbon processing..

HP Industry Perspectives: 2012: Is it over yet?

Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

According to a year-end report from the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the global economy is still stumbling three years after the “great recession of 2008.” The Euro area is challenged t..

Consider 'lean' engineering model to fast-track mega projects

Bennett, S., AVEVA Solutions Ltd.

Lean construction can raise competitiveness for an EPC business, thereby increasing its profitability and improving its delivery success rate and brand image.